Sunday, May 1, 2011

Scientific journals on nucleic acids

In my knowledge, Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) is a highly respected scientific journal with a broad impact in the field of nucleic acids. Over the years, I have been browsing NAR webpage on a regular basis to keep myself up to date to the latest development in this area. It is thus no surprise that the initial 3DNA paper was submitted to and published in NAR in 2003. Among the 500+ citations to that 3DNA paper, over 1/5 (100+) articles are from NAR itself (as an example, please see my January 22, 2011 blog post titled "Three structural biology papers in the latest issue of NAR cite 3DNA"). My latest contribution to NAR is the GpU story, which was actually selected as a featured article.

Another related journal I am quite familiar with is RNA, a publication of the RNA society. As the "About" section of its webpage succinctly summarizes,
RNA serves as an international forum for publishing original reports on RNA research in the broadest sense. The journal aims to unify this field by cutting across established disciplinary lines and focusing on "RNA-centered" science.
RNA currently has an impact factor (IF) of 5.198 (2009), slightly lower than NAR's 7.479. It is, nevertheless, a very decent journal in RNA-related research, and I frequently visit its website. As a side note, the GpU paper was initially submitted to RNA for its RNA-specific content and as a way to diversify my publication spectrum (as mentioned above, 3DNA was initially published in NAR). Unfortunately, the GpU paper was rejected by the RNA journal after two rounds of review, spanning over 6 months.

Another journal closely related to RNA (name wise) is called RNA Biology, which even has a slightly higher IF of 5.56. Admittedly, I was not familiar with this journal at all. Browsing through its website, I am interested in seeing the journal's explicit policy to reconsider papers "rejected by high impact journals [CNS] for reasons of novelty and impact, rather than the importance of the study or the integrity of the data." By enclosing "the reviewers’ and/or editorial comments" from these high impact journals, "it is possible the article might be accepted [by RNA Biology] based on its previous review. This will allow the urgent and competitive research to be published on the day of submission."

I became aware of the journal DNA Research quite recently through an email. From its website, "DNA Research is an internationally peer-reviewed journal which aims at publishing papers of highest quality in broad aspects of DNA and genome-related research." The journal currently has an IF of 4.917. Browsing a couple of its online issues, I sense that the journal is more on genome- than structure-related research.

While following up 3DNA citations recently, I noticed the paper titled "Insights into the Structures of DNA Damaged by Hydroxyl Radical: Crystal Structures of DNA Duplexes Containing 5-Formyluracil" by Tsunoda and Taknaka. It was published in the Journal of Nucleic Acids, which I have never (but probably should have) heard of before. From its website, "Journal of Nucleic Acids is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of nucleic acids." By virtue of this structure paper and its citation to 3DNA, I think the journal is surely of personal interest, and I have added it into my watch-list.

To sum up, there are currently four scientific journals (I know of) that are devoted to nucleic acids:
Do I still miss something? Please make your suggestion in the comment area.

[revised on May 17, 2011 by adding RNA Biology]